Last week, House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) and Senate President Michael Lamoureux (R-Russellville) charged the heads of the legislative education and insurance committees to come up with a framework for a solution to the public school employee insurance crisis by Friday, Oct. 4. The deadline has been met.
A memo circulating among Arkansas lawmakers Friday outlines a number of short-term and long-term fixes to the troubled insurance fund, which is facing a $54 million deficit and looming 50% rate hikes to teachers and public school employees.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved the wording of a proposal for next year's ballot legalizing medical marijuana.
McDaniel on Thursday certified the proposal submitted by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, clearing the way for the group to begin gathering the 62,507 signatures needed to place the proposed initiated act on next year's ballot.
The proposal would allow patients with qualifying conditions to purchase marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries or to grow their own marijuana if they don't live close to a dispensary.
A Republican congressman from Arkansas posted, then deleted, a tweet criticizing President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers for "violent rhetoric" during a U.S. Capitol lockdown following a shooting. U.S.
Rep. Tim Griffin on Thursday tweeted from his personal account "Stop the violent rhetoric President Obama, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi" after a shooting was reported outside the Capitol. Griffin's tweet included the hashtag disgusting.
Three hundred and fifty Little Rock Air Force Base civilians are on furlough due to the government shutdown that began October 1st.
The shutdown is due to Congress’ failure to pass a continuing resolution or appropriations bill. Asa result, all personnel paid by appropriated funds are on furlough, except for the minimum number necessary to carry out duties that are essential to national security and safety.
Colonel Patrick J. Rhatigan, Commander of the 19th Airlift Wing said the furlough has had a major impact on the Air Force’s operations.
Temperatures in Arkansas are expected to make a noticeable drop over the weekend. The National Weather Service’s Marty Trexler said it’ll come as scattered severe storms and a cold front move in.
“Normally this time of year we do actually get right around 80 degrees as our high and morning lows in the 60s. So, about five degrees below normal or seven degrees below normal on highs and the low temperatures if we get down to the 50s that’s below normal. Monday morning why might see some in the 40s,” said Trexler.
The 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith, Ark., welcomed its transition from F-16s to A-10s April 14. Federal, state and local elected officials along joined unit members to say farwell to the F-16 (foreground) and hello to the A-10 (background).